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Draft 2, 15 night, North and West, please review, advise

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After taking a really, really hard look at our earlier plan, we've come up with a new one.

As much as we WANT to see everything, we don't want to drag home with Ireland an exhausting blur. We've chosen the North because we're interested in a less traveled, quieter and maybe wilder route, and the West because it looks beautiful.

To be honest, the Ring of Kerry and Killarney was making me anxious with all the tour buses (ok - I know, I'm a tourist too!). It may not have turned out to be a problem, but in my mind, it's something I was dreading.

I'm hoping this revised plan will give us more time to do nothing (in the pub) but enjoy where we are.

It's blank in the middle, and am hoping for some advice there:

Sep 8, 9 - Dublin (2 nights)

Sept 10 - Newgrange, overnight Belfast, Black taxi tour, Titanic exhibit if time.(1 night)

Sept 11 - 14 (4 nights) Antrim, Bushmills, Causeway, overnight Derry/Donegal/Sligo/Letterkenny/Westport(any combination as an example) This is where I need help. Would like to see Carrowmore near Sligo, and keen to get off the beaten track a bit. We're about the scenery but absolutely no hair-raising, white knuckle drives I'd like the driver (husband) to enjoy his trip too!

Sept 15, 16 - Clifden

Sept 17 - Aran

Sept 18,19 - Ennis (Loop Head)

Sept 20, 21 - Dingle (Slea Head)

Sept 22 - Dublin area airport (this is a Saturday drive from Dingle to Dublin) I've estimated anywhere from 4.5 - 6.5 hours.

Sept 23 - am flight home to Toronto.

I'm really hoping that this will give us a good mix of sightseeing and conversation. The absolutely best parts of past vacations have been times in pubs and cafes talking to the locals, and just meandering along, stopping here and there for no real reason.

(would really like to keep in Dingle if possible)

Thanks in advance.

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